HTC Freestyle (AT&T)
- Released in February, 2011
- Quick messaging phone with 3.2-inch touchscreen display and HTC FriendStream for integrated social networks on homescreen
- Enabled for AT&T's fast 3G HSDPA network; compatible with AT&T Navigator GPS turn-by-turn directions
- 3.2-megapixel camera/camcorder; Bluetooth stereo music; microSD expansion to 32 GB; personal e-mail; organizer tools
- Up to 7 hours of talk time, up to 384 hours (16 days) of standby time; released in February, 2011
- What's in the Box: handset, rechargeable battery, charger, USB cable, quick start guide, CD-ROM with user manual
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HTC Freestyle (AT&T)
Featuring a premium design with a 3.2-inch touchscreen display clad in an aluminum unibody construction, the HTC Freestyle is the first of a new generation of quick messaging phones from AT&T to run on Brew Mobile Platform. The Brew MP operating system allows AT&T and software developers to more easily offer smartphone-like applications to those who want an affordable, full-featured messaging phone.
HTC Sense interface with customizable and
Quick access to Facebook and Twitter with HTC FriendStream.
It's the first AT&T quick messaging phone to feature the HTC Sense mobile experience, which features customizable widgets and the FriendStream application for social networking integration with Facebook and Twitter. It also boasts a full HTML browser for PC-like web browsing and a full suite of messaging options including text and picture messaging, instant messaging (IM), and mobile e-mail. And with access to AT&T AppCenter, you can chose from a multitude of games and apps to download.
Enabled for use on AT&T's lightning quick HSPDA 3G network, you'll be able to easily access the Internet as well as quickly download video, music, and more. Additionally, with AT&T's 3G network, you can make a call while simultaneously receiving picture/text messages and e-mail or viewing Web pages. This GPS-enabled phone can access the AT&T Navigator service for turn-by-turn directions.
Other features include a 3.2-megapixel camera/camcorder, Bluetooth for hands-free devices and stereo music streaming, microSD memory expansion to 32 GB, music player with access to AT&T Music and AT&T Radio, and up to 7 hours of talk time.
HTC Sense Mobile Experience
With the next generation of the popular HTC Sense mobile experience, the HTC Freestyle automatically delivers your most-wanted information to your screen. It offers even more ways to stay connected--including FriendStream, which delivers Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr updates in a consolidated view. And you'll be able to pinpoint the location of a lost phone on a map, send a command to make the phone sound an alert--even while on "silent" mode--through the htcsense.com web site. If needed, you can also remotely wipe all of the phone's data with a single command in addition to forwarding calls and text messages to a different number.
- Fast 3G connectivity via AT&T's HSDPA/UMTS network (850/1900 MHz bands; 3.6/7.2 Mbps speeds with network availability).
- Onboard GPS for navigation and location services
- GPS navigation capabilities via optional AT&T Navigator service includes audible turn-by-turn directions, real-time traffic updates, and re-routing options.
- Bluetooth connectivity (version 2.0) includes profiles for communication headset, hands-free car kits, and the A2DP audio streaming Bluetooth profiles.
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The HTC Freestyle weighs 3.35 ounces and measures 4.29 x 2.13 x 0.47 inches. Its 1300 mAh lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 7 hours of talk time, and up to 384 hours (16 days) of standby time. It runs on the 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE frequencies as well as AT&T's dual-band 3G network (850/1900 MHz; HSDPA/UMTS).
What's in the Box
HTC Freestyle handset, rechargeable battery, charger, USB cable, quick start guide, CD-ROM with user manual
| High-speed data connectivity via AT&T's 3G mobile broadband data network: The dual-band 850/1900 MHz 3G network provides up to 3.6/7.2 Mbps of download speed, making it possible to enjoy a variety of feature-rich wireless multimedia services, and it gives you the advantage of offering simultaneous voice and data services. |
In areas where the 3G network is not available, you'll continue to receive service on the AT&T EDGE network, which offers availability in more than 13,000 US cities and along some 40,000 miles of major highways. Providing average data speeds between 75-135Kbps, it's fast enough to support a wide range of advanced data services, including full picture and video messaging, high-speed color Internet access, and email on the go.
| The full-featured, premium AT&T Navigator GPS navigation application includes audible turn-by-turn directions, real-time traffic updates and re-routing options, and 3D moving maps (additional charges applicable). AT&T Navigator offers several other features to make your commute more enjoyable and reliable, including mobile access to Yellowpages.com. Additionally, AT&T Navigator is the only mobile phone-based GPS service that provides integrated speech recognition for address entry and points of interest search. |
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The build quality is excellent, well above par for the class. This ain't a Pantech this or Samsung that. Nice aluminum, excellent screen, resolution, size, battery life, the works. The only hardware glitch is the micro USB port needs some care when plugging in, and the battery compartment is a bit too creative. Nothing bad there, just a bit strange. The hardware feels solid.
The software is for the birds. Not to offend my former collaborators at Qualcommm, but it really is for the birds.
- The HTC Sync does not work. Installed on two Windows 7 machines, in one it does not recognize that a phone is connected, in the other it recognized it briefly then stopped. Even when it recognized the phone, it would not allow anything to be done (nothing was selectable). Punt. Phone works fine as a USB device to copy stuff from/to but will not sync.
- Several 'Oops. An error has occurred...'. We waited them out.
- A couple of hard freezes in the media player.
- micro SD not recognized because it contained other stuff from a previous phone. Deleted everything, works ok.
- a couple instances where the 'NO SIM' message was displayed briefly.
- For the first two days the phone was in 2G mode (why?) then today it decided to go into 3G mode. No idea why.
- The HTC Support Forum will not send activation emails to allow me to sign up and access the support forums.
- Bluetooth seems to be iffy. The Bluetooth guys at work have joked HTC stands for 'Hard To Connect'... I can see why.
Again, with all due respect, I'd like to meet the person who approved the release of the software. These are basic things, not far-out stuff.
And a few praises.
- hardware build quality is excellent
- great price
- good configuration options
- good sound quality
- excellent touchscreen
- Brew MP is decent - a lot better than a lot of other Java Phones
I would say a phone software update would cure most of the above but I would not hold my breath that they'd do one. Pity because the hardware is good, and the device is well positioned in the market (thanks to AT&T's insistence of data plans for everything but Firefly phones)
If I had to consider the other candidates (Samsung Eternity II, Flight II, LG Duh (Vu), LG Neon, Pantech This or That) the Freestyle is well ahead of the game. It's a good phone, but it really pains me as a software developer that HTC allowed the device to be shipped with such serious issues.
Perhaps if we hold our collective breath till we're blue in the face...
If HTC or AT&T don't admit they have a problem and update the Software, it simply is not worth your trouble.
Yes, it looks and sounds like a great deal. I tried it for 2 weeks.
I wanted this phone to work, and it did work between resets and crashes.
The phone would display the "oops" self reboot screen several times a day.
It would also simply shut off by itself at least once a day.
Then there was the time it got very hot and drained the battery in a matter of minutes. I could hardly touch the back cover it was so hot.
I don't know if it is a HW or SW fault.
If you want a phone to receive phone calls, this phone is not what you want.
I did not text, play games, browse the web, use maps, or any extras.
I simply used it as a phone. The phone crashed most often after some interaction, like hanging up a phone call. But it also crashed with no external action.
In my opinion, this phone needs to be taken off the market and recalled until the bugs are fixed. This lack of quality should not be tolerated.
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